San Antonio has dozens of fine bed-and-breakfasts, especially in the charming King William Historic District just south of downtown. To help narrow down the options (location, price, required interaction with other patrons), visit the San Antonio Bed & Breakfast Association’s website at www.sanantoniobb.org.
Considered by many to be the finest B&B in town is the Brackenridge House B&B Inn (230 Madison St., 210/271-3442, www.brackenridgehouse.com, $120–160) in the King William district. The Brackenridge prides itself on being comfy and cozy without being too cute—there are the requisite antique furnishings in each room, but they’re accompanied by a microwave, fridge, and free wireless Internet service. The B&B also offers a few added amenities, such as drinks, chocolates, and sherry in the guest rooms, and the breakfast portion of this package is legendary—a three-course feast in the formal dining room. Also distinctive to this B&B is the backyard pool and hot tub.
Rivaling the Brackenridge for the coveted title of San Antonio’s supreme B&B is the remarkable Oge Inn (209 Washington St., 210/223-2353, www.ogeinn.com, rooms start at $155). This 1857 elegant mansion is located on the banks of the scenic San Antonio River, and its architectural significance has resulted in two coveted Texas Historical Commission designations: listing in the National Register of Historic Places and recognition as a Texas Historical Landmark. Once the home of pioneer Texas Ranger, cattle rancher, and businessman Louis Ogé, the home now contains 10 guest rooms luxuriously decorated with period antiques, private baths, fireplaces, and refrigerators, all featuring free Internet access. Guests who prefer a more personal breakfast setting will appreciate the Oge Inn’s private tables, where a full breakfast is served in view of the fireplace or on the majestic front veranda.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition